Going to summer camp is one of the experiences of childhood that for many American families is not to be missed. At the right camp, youngsters can gain leadership and social skills, connect with nature, learn independence, and improve self-esteem. In these ways, the summer camp experience can be tremendously beneficial to kids – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) changed its guidelines about rear-facing car seats. If you have a child in a car seat, it is important to know these changes.
Gone are the days when young athletes play their sport for a few months a year and then take a long break. Year-round play is the new norm, and not only are kids playing year-round, they’re also competing at a higher level. This means that paying special attention to how your kid is playing, and for how long at a time, is important to help reduce injuries like little league elbow.
As youth sports and the push for potential scholarships become increasingly competitive, injuries become more common. Lower back injuries in young athletes must be taken seriously to avoid permanent damage, but a better strategy is to prevent them.
Does this sound familiar? You get your family into the car for a long trip. Things seem to be going pretty well until one of your children tells you their stomach hurts or they don’t feel well. Before you know it, they’ve broken into a cold sweat and the burger you fed them an hour ago is now all over the front of their outfit and the car. Your child probably has car sickness. While it’s a tough lesson the first time it happens, the good news is there are ways to prevent it in the future.
Studies on youth sports revealed they are often an incredible outlet for children. They teach responsibility, sportsmanship, how to work with a team and get them outside and exercising. In fact, the only drawback to sports seems to be potential injury. The good news is that many injuries, especially overuse injuries, can be prevented.